DEVA arrives in a full-circle moment of glory 20 years after Deva Premal’s emergence on the music scene with the widely-played and shared “Gayatri Mantra” track off her 1998 debut release, The Essence. Her new album, DEVA, is perfect for yoga, meditation, and any time you need a respite from life’s hectic pace. The album is a transcendent journey that opens with the “Seven-Chakra Gayatri” and closes with a “Prabhu Mix” of the same song.
DEVA and the Sensual Sounds
DEVA also marks a homecoming to Premal’s beginnings in more ways than one, as she’s shared that her father chanted this very mantra to her while in her mother’s womb. Always nurturing and soothing, DEVA contains some chants with her partner in life and love, Miten. It also includes breathtaking bansuri flute parts by long-time musical cohort and dear friend, Nepalese flutist, Manose. “Prabhujee,” a devotional song written by the late Pundit Ravi Shankar, features his daughter, Anoushka Shankar, on classical sitar. The sensual sound bed finessed by producer Joby Baker is perfection as it supports Premal’s serene vocals effortlessly.
DEVA and Mantra Medicine
Heralded as one of the greatest artists in New Age music, she’s well-deserving of her global fan base and the praise she’s received from a wide range of celebrity luminaries including HH the Dalai Lama, Eckhart Tolle, Cher, and Tony Robbins. Often touted as “mantra medicine,” this music will make your soul feel like it’s being sung the sweetest lullaby while wrapped in the softest velvet blanket in the universe. Yes, Deva Premal’s mantras are nurturing “medicine.”
Reviewed by Leanne Wood; Yoga Music Aficionada at Bliss Bubble Radio and Bliss-Chasing Blogger at www.BlissBubble.com. Prior to this, Leanne was the founding manager of the mantra rock band, Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe, the founder and director of the non-profit project The Shakti Tribe Foundation which offered empowering peace concert programs in jails, prison and halfway houses and was the co-founder of the ground-breaking “Yoga for your Ears” internet radio station Sacred Sounds Radio. She is currently working on her Eat, Pray, Love meets Almost Famous memoir, which chronicles her often surreal life on the road with a yoga band on the rise and the lessons learned in the bargain.